New York Nordic restaurant Aquavit is gearing up for the launch of its London restaurant with the appointment of several key positions.
The restaurant will open in the new St James's Market redevelopment on 1 Carlton Street later this year.
It will be overseen by Emma Bengtsson, executive chef of the two Michelin-starred Aquavit New York overseeing the food, which will be executed by head chef Henrik Ritzen, who has previously worked at the Dover Street Arts Club, La Petite Maison and Lutyens.
Having been brought to the UK by Philip Hamilton, CEO and founder of Aquavit London, the restaurant will take its inspiration from the New York original, but with a more relaxed and informal setting.
It will deliver an "authentic, contemporary" take on Nordic dining, serving accessible cuisine that uses fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and Nordic-inspired dishes.
Dishes expected to feature include: butter-poached cod with fennel aioli and salt-baked celeriac root; and seared duck breast with pickled quince and buckwheat porridge, as well as classic Nordic choices such as toast skagern.
The design of the venue will be overseen by the design studio of Swedish-born Martin Brudnizki, whose portfolio includes The Ivy, Scott's and Sexy Fish. A wall-mounted textile designed by Olafur Eliasson will be a centrepiece, alongside silverware from Georg Jensen, uniforms by Swedish clothing company, Filippa K, and furnishings designed by Svensk Tenn.
Bengtsson, said: "I cannot imagine a more exciting city than London to make us another home. The London culinary scene is one of the most vibrant in the world and I am thrilled that Aquavit will be part of that community."
Hamilton added: "Since living in London I have been struck by how much Britain has embraced Nordic culture, and with the opening of Aquavit I am excited to be part of the creation of a place where Londoners and Scandinavians alike can come together to enjoy the very best of this region".
Aquavit London is due to open this winter. It joins a new restaurant from Salt Yard Group, which will also launch at the £400m development later this year.
In total, St James's Market is creating 210,000 sq ft of new office accommodation, five flagship stores and seven new restaurants.
The project is part of the Crown Estate's wider £500m investment strategy in its St James's portfolio, which includes restaurants such as Milos, Chutney Mary, Cicchetti and Café Murano.
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